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Other Coaches Corner Articles

Coaches Corner #1 - Food After Exercise
Coaches Corner #2 - Lose Body Fat More Effectively
Coaches Corner #3 - Secret To Weight and Fat Loss
Coaches Corner #4 - Don't Hold On For a Better Workout
Coaches Corner #5 - Getting Stronger by Overload
Coaches Corner #6 - How To Tone and Firm Your Abs
Coaches Corner #7 - Staying With an Exercise Program
Coaches Corner #8 - Improving A Sport or Activity
Coaches Corner #9 - To Carb or Not To Carb


 
The Coaches Corner

Training Trivia Answer:

Ok, so last edition's question was a bit of a trick one, I admit it. The question was: "What is the best exercise to do to facilitate weight loss?"

Answer: The one you like to do.

In my experience a person is more likely to continue doing an exercise that they enjoy than one they do not have much affinity for, but do it because they think they should. There are definitely exercises that burn more calories than others, but again if you do not like doing those exercises then you are not very likely to stick with doing that particular form of exercise.

Training Tip #4

Holding on to the handles or supporting your weight in any manner when you are on an aerobic* exercise machine reduces the overall amount of calories* you burn.

The reason for this is that when you support your weight with your arms the large muscles of the lower body are then not moving as much weight and thus you get an overall effect of fewer calories burned. You see, the more weight you move against gravity, the more energy it takes to move that mass or load. The best analogy I can make for this is when you load weight in a truck it will then use more gas in order to be able to transport that load.

So the moral of the story is that when you are on the treadmill or Stairmaster or elliptical trainer, try not to hold on to the hand rails unless you absolutely feel you have to in order to maintain your balance. This will result in more calories burned throughout your entire workout and thus more potential weight loss.

*Definition: "Aerobic" means with oxygen. Aerobic activities are activities that require oxygen as an energy source in order to perform them i.e. Stairmaster or walking.

*Definition: A calorie is a unit of heat or energy.

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